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Cientistas alertam para fármaco que pode colocar em risco abutres no país

A autorização do medicamento diclofenaco para uso pecuário em Portugal ameaça as populações de abutres. O alerta de um grupo de biólogos e ambientalistas portugueses e espanhóis vai ainda mais longe e antevê que, se o Governo autorizar o anti-inflamatório, também as populações de águias possam vir a sofrer danos irreparáveis. Coordenados em Portugal pela Universidade de Aveiro (UA), os cientistas já estão no terreno para apresentarem ao Governo as provas de que o medicamento que na década de 90 quase extinguiu o abutre no sul da Ásia pode trazer para Portugal um cenário igualmente negro para as aves.

Professor Amadeu Soares invited to be member of the ACWA Advisory Council


Amadeu Soares, director of the Department of Biology (DBio) at the University of Aveiro (UA) and vice-coordinator of the Center for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), was invited to be member of the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) Advisory Council.
The University of Calgary’s ACWA Research Facility, embedded within the City of Calgary’s Pine Creek Wastewater Treatment Centre, bridges the research gap between bench/pilot-scale testing and applications used in full-scale municipal wastewater treatment plants. ACWA replicates real-world situations and enables research that cannot be performed elsewhere in the world.
Members of the Council will play a crucial role in providing expert guidance to help to realize the potential of this world-class research facility.  

More details: http://ucalgary.ca/acwa/ />ACWA: because everyone’s drinking water is someone else’s wastewater

Innovative research with the participation of a CESAM biologist


Scottish badgers 'alert' to environmental change
A new collaborative study between the Universities of Aveiro & CESAM (by the researcher Miguel Rosalino), Lisbon (cE3c), Uppsala (Sweden) and Oxford (WildCRU, UK) has shown that environmental preferences of Scottish badgers depend on the climatic context. These results reinforce the need to consider synergistic effects on the ecological response of species to environmental and anthropogenic changes in the planning, management and conservation of species.
The study is available in the journal Diversity and Distributions (Silva, AP, Curveira-Santos, G., Kilshaw, K., Newman, C., Macdonald, DW, Simões, LG, & Rosalino, LM (2017). Climate and anthropogenic factors determine site occupancy in Scotland''s Northern-range badger population: implications of context-dependent responses under environmental change).

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

Nádia Santos and Cátia Santos among the Famelab finalists


Nádia Santos and Cátia Santos, University of Aveiro (UA), are among the 12 finalists of FameLab, the most famous science communication contest in the world. The students, from the Master in Molecular Biotechnology and PhD in Biology (DBIO / CESAM), respectively, will be present in the national final that will take place on May 14, at 4:00 p.m., in the Pavilion of Knowledge - Centro Ciência Viva, Parque das Nações, Lisbon.

More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....

Carlos Fonseca, DBIO / CESAM - How does is the maternal love manifested in animas?


The maternal instinct is not exclusive to the human species. Animals are good examples of tenderness, dedication and unconditional love of females towards their baby animals. Professor Carlos Fonseca, from DBIO/CESAM explains how does it manifest.

More information: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/deta.....&lg=pt

CESAM wins Scientia Mare Award


CESAM won the Scientia Mare Award. Attributed by PwC Portugal, the Scientia Mare Award recognises the excellence and merit of this Ressearch Unit producing significant advances in the understanding of the aquatic environment or that promote blue innovation.

The award was presented during the Execellens Mare 2017 Awards Ceremony on April 22 at the Figueira da Foz Arts and Entertainment Center.

Vídeo of Gala Excellens Mare 2017.

More details: https://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?c=49958

“No biochar benefit for temperate zone crop yields” says new report with CESAM contribution


For years, biochar has been promoted as a soil additive to increase crop yields. A new study casts doubt on that view, finding that biochar only improves crop growth in the tropics, with no yield benefit at all in the temperate zone.

The team of researchers, including from CESAM, gathered data from more than 1,000 empirical observations conducted around the world, each measuring the effect of biochar on crop yield. Then, they used meta-analysis, an advanced statistical technique that analyses many studies at the same time, to test whether the beneficial effect of biochar addition depends on geography.
The report has been published, open access, in Environmental Research Letters.

More details: http://uaonline.ua.pt/pub/detail.asp?lg=pt&c=50223

Mónica Amorim, Principal Researcher at DBio/CESAM, published in Natures’ Scientific Reports


Mónica Amorim, Principal Researcher at DBio/CESAM, published in Natures’ Scientific Reports “Variation-preserving normalization unveils blind spots in gene expression profiling.”

“(…) We have found that variation in gene expression is much larger than currently believed, and that it can be measured with available assays. Our results also explain, at least partially, the reproducibility problems encountered in transcriptomics studies. We expect that this improvement in detection will help efforts to realize the full potential of gene expression profiling, especially in analyses of cellular processes involving complex modulations of gene expression."

For more information: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep42460

Sessão pública de apresentação e discussão das candidaturas para o cargo de Coordenador Científico de CESAM


A sessão pública de apresentação e discussão das candidaturas para o cargo de Coordenador Científico de CESAM realiza-se na próxima sexta-feira, dia 7 de abril, no anfiteatro do Departamento de Educação e Psicologia da Universidade de Aveiro, com o seguinte programa:

10:00 - 10:30  Apresentação da candidatura de Henrique José de Barros Brito Queiroga

10:30 - 11:00  Discussão da candidatura de Henrique José de Barros Brito Queiroga

11:00 - 11:30  Pausa para café

11:30 - 12:00  Apresentação da candidatura de Ana Isabel Lillebø Batista

12:00 - 12:30  Discussão da candidatura de Ana Isabel Lillebø Batista